Published Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:23 pm
The Public Pulse, Dec. 2

How many trolley studies do we need?

The story with the results of the two-year, $1.3 million transit alternative analysis (Nov. 28 World-Herald) was very revealing.

The recommended east-west route was determined to be downtown to Crossroads mall and to Westroads mall via Dodge Street. I could have determined this logical street in less than 10 minutes and for a lot smaller fee.

The vehicles suggested ranged from normal buses to bus rapid transit to various forms of streetcars or light rail. How about retro Ollie the Trolley types or old-fashioned San Francisco-style streetcars?

How many studies does the city need? The real bottom line here is how to finance this project and how to sell the public on using public transportation instead of private autos.

Jerry Freeman, Omaha

Med Center chancellor merits the raise

On Thanksgiving eve, the University of Nebraska announced the selection of Dr. Jeffrey Gold as the new chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Gold's starting salary will be $775,000, a $300,000 increase over the salary of his clearly underpaid predecessor.

Although I am sure the gnashing of some taxpayer teeth over this salary has been only delayed by the temporary distraction of mass turkey consumption, this taxpayer is in total agreement with the Board of Regents' decision to pay Gold a salary that meets or exceeds the market midpoint paid by peer institutions and competitors.

Regardless of public or private sector, paying a competitive salary is an employer tool used to attract and maintain a highly qualified work force.

As a taxpayer who demands excellence in service and as a consumer of our exceptional Med Center, I am glad the regents put good business sense ahead of politics by paying Gold a competitive, market-average salary.

Aaron Hanson, Omaha

1,000 thank yous for 1,000 turkeys

A special thank you to Hy-Vee for donating 1,000 turkeys to the Open Door Mission. When the boxes and turkeys were delivered to those in need, their smiles were special, knowing that they could now have a wonderful dinner with their families.

Virginia Voelte, Omaha

Vietnam vet gets a different welcome

About a week ago, I was at Bakers on 132nd and Maple Streets. I was wearing my “Vietnam Veteran” baseball hat when a young man and his three children came up and thanked me for my service to the country.

I was shocked to say the least. This was a far cry from when I came home from 'Nam, had blood thrown on me and was called a baby killer.

I want to thank that young man and his children. They brought a tear to an old veteran's eye.

Len Leavitt, Omaha

Employers lured illegal immigrants here

Regarding the letter from State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist (Nov. 22 Pulse): The comprehensive immigration policy so long needed is simply the enforcement of existing immigration and employment laws.

Most of the unskilled labor represented by much of the illegal immigrant population has been unneeded. Rather, it is the result of meatpacker-type employers and chambers of commerce promoting cheap labor for maximum profit — regardless of the associated welfare, education and other social costs.

Ultimate responsibility lies with the elected officials who have continued looking the other way.

Most Americans have been opposed to the uncontrolled entry into the country. Now we have an immigrant population who for the most part broke the law to gain entry, undercut the wages of Americans and now believe they are entitled to some form of amnesty.

If families and communities are now torn apart by denial of a pathway to citizenship, that should be laid on the interests that have lured the immigrants here.

Dale Monsell, Omaha

Mountain lions are simply dangerous

As a property owner in western Nebraska, where sightings of mountain lions are becoming commonplace, and after finding lion tracks around my house, I feel I can comment about these apex predators.

While it is possible mountain lions have been in the area for some time unnoticed, the potential exists for these animals to cause severe injury or death to anyone whom they consider prey.

Recent letters to the Pulse supporting the territorial expansion of the mountain lion in Nebraska have been written with emotion as well as biased comments regarding the Nebraska Game and Parks decision to allow limited mountain lion hunting.

The ranchers I know simply want their families and livestock to live without the threat these animals pose.

Joseph D. Van Ackeren, Springview, Neb.

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